Sitting Buddhist Monk Sculpture - Bismuth Maglev
"The power of the sun in the palm of your hand." - Dr Otto Octavius
Diamagnetic things repel all magnetic fields. North Pole, South Pole, it doesn't matter. It's a very weak effect and is barely detectable in most elements or molecules that possess this trait. Bismuth happens to be the most diamagnetic metal there is. A of bismuth crystal properly arranged in conjunction with a pair of magnets can reveal the force at work.
That's what we have here. I carefully sculpted the figure you see in the pictures and hand cast it in solid bismuth. The magnet you see floating will stay there touching nothing for more than a lifetime. It's absolutely riveting! For the science aficionados, and those who love them, this modern bismuth sculpture is the perfect blending of art, chemistry and physics — a truly unique gift they'll always treasure.
Custom Kinetic Magnetic Sculpture
• Made-to-order sculpture identical to one pictured
• Hand sculpted and cast in solid bismuth metal
• Sculpture measures approximately 5" tall and 4” wide
• 4 sphere magnets for floating
• 30-Day guarantee
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
1. Place the sculpture on a level surface
2. Slip the magnet between the hands
3. Adjust the magnet in the frame with a simple twist.
4. Forget everything they taught you about magnets in high school.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SCULPTURE
The little magnet in the sculpture is touching nothing but air in this unique kinetic piece featuring diamagnetic flotation of a 3mm-cubed magnet. This new, yet simple, technology requires no power of any kind — just a balancing of bismuth crystals and magnetism.
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THE BEAUTY OF BISMUTH
As a scientist and artist, I’m fascinated with the astounding properties of bismuth and love to share that with you. Please check out my shop story to see more beautiful photos of these crystals and read how it all comes together.
Please note that due to everyone’s monitor displaying differently, the colors you see may vary. Also, each piece we make is handmade to order, so items may differ slightly from the one you see pictured.
**Neodymium magnets are not for children. Small magnets can pose a choking hazard. If multiple magnets are swallowed, they can attach to one another through intestine walls. This can cause a severe health risk, requiring immediate, emergency surgery if correctly diagnosed.
**Neodymium magnets can affect pacemakers.
The strong magnetic fields near a neodymium magnet can affect pacemakers, ICDs and other implanted medical devices. Many of these devices are made with a feature that deactivates it with a magnetic field. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid inadvertently deactivating such devices.
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